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Garner High principal resigns

Posted February 17, 2009

Wake County Public School System

— The principal of Garner High School, Michael Holton, resigned his position with the Wake County Public School System on Tuesday, a district spokesman said.

Greg Thomas, spokesman for Wake County schools, said he was not aware of the reason for Holton's departure.

Holton began his career with the school district in 2000, as an assistant principal at Enloe High School. He became principal of East Garner Middle School in March 2003 and principal of Garner High in August 2006.


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  • JustMeHere Feb 18, 2009

    As the parent of a junior at GMHS, I have to say that I have been nothing but impressed with Mr. Holton from day one. His replacement will have a tough act to follow. I sincerely hope his health improves with this change and that he and his family will be blessed.

  • Garnerwolf1 Feb 18, 2009

    Hope he can get it worked out. He was a good principal (much better imo than his predecessor). Hate to see him go. Good luck, Mr Holton.

  • Mom of a Marine Feb 18, 2009

    From the N&O.....The principal at Garner Magnet High School resigned this week because of health concerns. Michael Holton’s resignation went in effect today. He had led the school for about three years. Holton, 40, said he suffered a brain aneurism five years ago. Since then, he said, he has dealt with migraine headaches. He said he can’t take prescription medications for the migraines because of the aneurism. “I’ve just reached a point where I needed to get my health straight,” Holton said. He has missed some days this school year because of migraines. Last school year, he missed work when he visited a headache clinic in Chicago and spent a week at a hospital. “It reached a point where I was missing too much work,” Holton said. “That’s not good. People need their leader present.” Holton said he will continue to explore ways to improve his health. As for the school, he said he will miss his students and the staff. His replacement has not been named.

  • acuranut Feb 18, 2009

    his mother "through" the child out? Very IMPressive.

  • garnergirl Feb 18, 2009

    Mr. Holton is a class guy. I met him through the Trojan Club. He has a done a great job with the school. If it is for health reasons, I hope they are not serious and I wish him and his family the best!

  • Garnerwolf1 Feb 18, 2009

    He was out last year for an extended period for some pretty serious health issues. While his resignation may not have anything to do with this, it may well be a factor. Garner's rep is worse than it actually is. There are some very good things happening there. Much of it's problem stems from students that do not live in Garner, but are bussed in from other parts of Wake Co.

  • pebbles262004 Feb 18, 2009

    I heard that the garner high principal is leaving for health reasons.

  • IMPressive Feb 18, 2009

    Actually, Coley retired, Dr Dennis left for Health reasons - and his family took in a student who's Mother through the child out. A really terrible home situation. There was nothing suspect about her living with with Dr Dennis and his family. She did not stay with them for a long time. Just until the home situation could be resolved.

  • littlegramma Feb 17, 2009

    Yeah, waht CHS principal are you talking about. THe previous one left for "health" reasons only to accept a job at UNC-CH later in the year (Dsve Coley). It wasn't as big a shock as you made it sound. The Garner principal is something else again.., but its not up to us to speculate...we just may find out later, but it is interesting that its not at semester, or even a major holiday break. Oh well, whatever it is, if its that big a deal, we'll find out soon enuf.

  • TopNotch Feb 17, 2009

    I'm confused! What does the resignation of the Garner High principal have to do with Holly Springs High or Cary High? As for the comment about the principal at CHS, I think soccermom should be specific as to whether she's speaking of the current principal or a former principal regarding a rumor about a student living with the principal. The current principal, Douglas Thilman, is someone I know and he is not one who would have a student move in with he and his family.